Cross Border eCommerce – Key to Successful Entry in North America


When seller brands dream of penetrating the international e-commerce markets, they usually picture North America – and they have justifiable reasons for this: As of 2018, the average revenue per online shopper is the highest for the United States. Logistics – The logistics of the drop shipment model – where the seller ships directly to the customer through DHL or a similar service to reduce inventory risk – can prove to be very expensive per unit for cross border e-commerce.

How Lot Traceability Can Help Your Business


Inventory control. With lot traceability, you can have stronger inventory control processes in your manufacturing facilities. This means your inventory control processes will be tighter and transparent. Inventory traceability plays a key role in the event of a product recall. You can trace items being shipped into your manufacturing facility and all the way through its journey, making suppliers more accountable than ever.

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Why Now is the Time to Choose LCL Shipping

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Less than container load (LCL) shipping is rapidly becoming a go-to service option for businesses seeking help in a complex global logistics industry. From transit uncertainty, consolidation of service providers, trade war complexity, inconsistent visibility, and even global pandemics, LCL shipping provides solutions to navigate these choppy waters. As COVID-19 affected businesses around the world, the need for expedited LCL shipping grew significantly.

Ship From Store: An Omni-Channel Journey

Logistics Viewpoints

I had the pleasure of catching Tom Barone, VP of North America Operations at eBay Enterprise present on the changing nature of commerce. Inventory Management Labor Learning & Leadership Omni-channel logistics Retail As I mentioned in last week’s Friday News Roundup, I spent some time in Atlanta attending the Home Delivery World, Click & Collect Show USA, and ETail Show USA joint conference.

The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

Supply Chain Game Changer

The majority of toilet paper sold in North America is manufactured in North America. Given that there has not been a massive shutdown in America factories the lack of supply cannot be attributed to temporary factory closures. According to the New York Times , about 10% of the supply of giant rolls of paper used in making toilet paper for North America does come from China and India. Subscribe Here! Email Address.

How Supply Chain Planning Can Create Profit in a Declining Market


It bought its main rivals to become North America’s largest fine paper manufacturer. [1] They also cut inventory levels, grew sales and resolved capacity issues. Establish joint responsibility for inventory to reduce the risk of obsolescence. Mohawk continues to fine-tune its S&OP process to optimize inventory in the planning system.

Getting Down to Brass Tacks: Can We Really Collaborate?

Supply Chain Shaman

As the bricks and mortar retailer is attacked by eCommerce pure plays—Amazon in North America, Alibaba in China, and Flipcart in India—assortment and excitement in the store become paramount to lure customers. Current State of Perpetual Inventory. Replenishment is fueled by an effective perpetual inventory signal. Without a perpetual inventory signal, you will never be able to manage out-of-stocks and promot ions.

Why Financial Reengineering Does Not Equal Supply Chain Improvement

Supply Chain Shaman

The concept of the Effective Frontier is that best in class companies align functional metrics to balance growth, cost, inventory and Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) performance while balancing customer service metrics. The cash-to-cash definition is: Cash-to-cash= Days of Receivables+ Days of Inventory-Days of Payables. Note the increase in receivables, inventory and payables, and the small increase in Cash-to-Cash.

ANCA Streamlines Procurement with the QAD Supplier Portal


Machines can’t be built and shipped without having the right parts in inventory , but at the same time, keeping parts on the shelf consumes space and cash. Manage consignment inventory. Designed to enable supplier collaboration and provide inventory visibility, they particularly appreciated its cloud-based design and ability to support purchasing models ranging from discrete orders to Kanban and VMI. ANCA builds CNC tool grinding machines.

5 Things to Look for in a Temperature-Controlled LTL Provider

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Whenever a product requires temperature-controlled shipping , a layer of complexity is automatically added. Due to current marketplace disruptions and changing consumer demands, major retailers continue to adjust inventory requirements, adding even more complexity. Regular sailing schedules create a standard plan that makes consistency easy—tender on this day, ship within this window, and deliver on this day as planned. Is Temperature Controlled LTL Right for Your Business?

Things Have Changed: What Do We Do NOW?

Supply Chain Shaman

In the study, new products represent 17% of total cases shipped. The average MAPE for North America was 36% while the European average MAPE was 45%. The average bias of European forecasts versus North America had 2% more bias. Companies that have successfully implemented demand sensing to improve the forecast at the warehouse DC have reduced inventory on the balance sheet by 10% within two years.

Helping You Plan Ahead During the Coronavirus Outbreak

CH Robinson Transportfolio

and globally, staying close to our contract carriers and discussing continuity plans in the event shipping trajectories need to be adjusted due to disruptions or closures at any ports. Given this continued volatility, global importers are eager to restock their inventory. Assessment of inventory levels. How are existing inventories compared to sales projections? Supply Chain Smart Solutions Transportation Market Global forwarding International shipping

Florence Et Al.

Supply Chain Shaman

North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia sit squarely in the storm’s path. It is now closed at the start of a busy shipping season as companies prepare for holiday inventory builds. Expect tight capacity across North America.

Kimberly-Clark Makes Sense of Demand


Empty shelves send impatient buyers to competitors’ products, while too much inventory can result in unwanted carrying costs.

Winning strategies to defeat supply chain planning complexity

DELMIA Quintiq

The West Coast port congestion in North America proved to be a game changer for businesses, with preparation being the winning factor. How do you avoid spending additional millions to cover extra inventory costs and shipping delays? Optimizing inventory in S&OP. Flawed inventory data leads to plans that are of little practical use. Page 32 of the supply chain planner’s playbook explains how to bridge the inventory gap between model and reality.

Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth


A recent survey completed by IQMS of 151 North American manufacturers found that the fastest growing manufacturers can orchestrate analytics, Business Intelligence (BI), mobile and real-time monitoring to grow 10% faster than their peers.

Emerging Options for Omni-Commerce Logistics Strategy

Supply Chain Network

Look North to Canada! To do this you need to ensure that at ALL locations where stock is held or displayed for retail sale, that ACCURATE and TIMELY inventory information is available. As this post is about the logistics strategies and approaches to support Omni-Commerce I will not deal with the front end ordering or online technologies, but rather the logistics surrounding where product will be stocked, picked and shipped from for either delivery or pick up by your customers.

5 Things to Look for in a Temperature-Controlled LTL Provider

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Whenever a product requires temperature-controlled shipping , a layer of complexity is automatically added. Due to current marketplace disruptions and changing consumer demands, major retailers continue to adjust inventory requirements, adding even more complexity. Regular sailing schedules create a standard plan that makes consistency easy—tender on this day, ship within this window, and deliver on this day as planned. Is Temperature Controlled LTL Right for Your Business?

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium


The DC serves as the hub for Nike’s global e-commerce business, and orders taken from are shipped to consumers all over the world from this DC, including North America. Numerous scenarios were run, and it was found that a centralized model significantly reduced warehouse and inventory costs, while only marginally increasing total transportation costs, leading to a significant overall savings.

Q4 2020 Freight Market Update: Preparing for 2020 Peak Season

Zipline Logistics

At Zipline Logistics, we have tracked a 1297% increase in shipping volumes for baking mixes, a 493% increase in coconut oil, and a 50% increase in snack foods for major CPG manufacturers through KanoPI, our shipper intelligence tool.

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

Top 10 Supply Chain Innovations of 2014 : hybrid DCs, 3-D prototypes, location-based inventory system, and more. It will allow for the automation of more complex warehousing tasks, such as unloading shipping containers and picking packets or individual e-commerce orders.

The Benefits of IoT And Real Time Actionable Data

Gravity Supply Chain

Leveraging the power of data ensures you not only know where your inventory is but also the status of all the components and products en route from manufacturer to the final destination at any given time. Boasting features such as: Rail Tracking (North America).

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The 3 Biggest Problems Your Logistics Teams Will Face in Q4 and How to Solve Them with On-Demand Warehousing


Aside from that being one of your busiest times of the year, the movement to eCommerce and omnichannel shopping has made accurate demand planning impossible and inventory allocation harder than ever. Between inventory fluctuation and seasonality, making it all fit when it needs to, and general supply chain disruptions, there’s a lot to plan throughout the year. He’s in charge of inventory management across its distribution and fulfillment network. Planned Inventory Peaks.

3 Ways to Achieve Business Agility In Your Supply Chain: Test, Learn, and Adapt with On-Demand Fulfillment


According to the Baymard Institute , 61% of motivated shoppers will abandon their purchase if the extra fees and shipping costs are too high, and another study from Dropoff says 97% of shoppers consider speed of delivery a key part of making a decision. Why do you think Amazon Prime’s free, two-day shipping is so successful? If you want to offer fast, affordable shipping, you need more fulfillment centers near your customers so you can take advantage of lower outbound costs. .

This Week in Logistics News (July 15-19, 2013)

Talking Logistics

XPO Logistics to Acquire 3PD, the Largest Provider of Heavy Goods, Last-Mile Logistics in North America. As I’ve commented in previous postings, if you are a 3PL or transportation company and you’re not involved in cross-border shipping with Mexico, then you are missing out on a growing business opportunity (see Reuters article from December 2012). I passed on spending $1100 to fix my car A/C, so I’ve been driving around with the windows down this summer.

Transpacific Air and Ocean Shipping Space Is Already Tight

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Transpacific Air and Ocean Shipping Space Is Already Tight | Transportfolio. Peak shipping season has heated up early. A predictable pattern of events follows: shipping volumes spike, space on airlines and vessels becomes harder to secure, and prices go up. The holiday peak season is one of the busiest shipping periods of the year around the world. Shoulder season; shipping ramps up. Peak shipping season. Shipping volumes start increasing.

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Port Logistics Group acquires e-commerce tech firm Whiplash


The convergence of data, technology and ecommerce has changed the game for logistics and shipping providers," said Greg Morello, president and chief commercial officer of Port Logistics Group. The ecommerce platform provides full visibility and control of fulfillment operations, including products, customers, inventory and orders and features integrated, discounted parcel shipping.

What Is Retail Consolidation?

CH Robinson Transportfolio

Maintaining inventory levels and optimizing order quantities, while keeping compliance requirements in mind, requires a strategic approach. If you’re currently shipping less than truckload (LTL) or underutilized truckload freight, a retail consolidation program might be the answer you need. The right shipping strategy is vital to ensure your products are where they need to be when they need to be there, especially in times of disruption.

Supply Chain Solutions – Foundation for the Omnichannel Revolution

RELEX Solutions

RELEX may be more familiar to European retailers than to those in North America. The company was founded in Helsinki in 2005, with a focus on using in-memory technology for rapid demand forecasting , inventory optimization , and replenishment automation. For some of their fresh food customers, they support a FEFO (First-Expired, First-Out) distribution paradigm, using the products’ expiration dates to decide which items to ship next.

Supply Chain Transformation: Not Just Digital, But Physical Too

Talking Logistics

P&G has consolidated hundreds of offices and warehouses across North America and set up six so-called mixing centers, where computer algorithms work with robots and humans to load trucks with the optimal mix of products to ship to retailers. The aim is to pare what Target calls its replenishment cycle from days to hours and reduce inventory at stores, especially at the retailer’s new small-format stores and locations in denser urban areas.

Do You Have a Proactive Supply Chain Design or a Reactive One?

Talking Logistics

Thankfully, digitization of inventory and technology like real-time shipment tracking from 3PLs are taking the pinch out of switching for these companies. While civil unrest could slow down production or shipments in a foreign country, natural disasters can accomplish just as much shipping disruption in North America. Even Canada, a country that’s not exactly famous for shipping disasters, was virtually cut in half by a single unexpected bridge collapse in 2016.

Experts Reveal Top Transportation Trends to Watch

Supply Chain Opz

James Winebrake, Dean of College of Liberal Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology There are a number of important trends happening in the freight industry, spanning all modes of transportation: trucking, shipping, rail, pipeline, and air. Related to shipping, international port infrastructure has been expanding - perhaps too rapidly - and it will be interesting to see whether these investments pay off. In North America the low hanging fruit for long-haul loads is rail.

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The need to know


Ship owners struggle to bring home crews amid coronavirus chaos. Shipping companies are still struggling to get hundreds of thousands of crew members back home after many months at sea despite pledges by countries to ease transit restrictions for seafarers, industry officials say. Moller-Maersk, the world’s top container shipping firm, said on Wednesday it would stop accepting solid waste shipments bound for China and Hong Kong from September.

Navigating Ongoing International Transportation Capacity Challenges

Talking Logistics

Import space out of Asia to the US continues to be tight, and thanks to positive retail sales, retailers are having to quickly restock to ensure they have enough inventory. It is continually important to be proactive about identifying capacity trends and daily shipping reality. Examining and sharing inventory forecast data with supply chain partners can help you be proactive with your international transportation partners in order to get the space you need.

Logistics Trends Part 2

BluJay Solutions

Restructuring production schedules has been part of this, as well as encouraging consumers to pre-order, removing much of the risk of holding too much inventory. Computer peripherals, such as screens, that were often moved by air are now far more likely to be shipped by container. This may seem counter-intuitive as sea freight transit times are increasing as shipping lines introduce slow steaming in order to reduce fuel costs. First Trend: Yield Dilution.